Monday, November 29, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
I did, however, visit with one of the other contributors to this blog and it was a fun reunion! And if you remember my post from last week when I talked about living on a cul-de-sac with my college roommates and their families?...yep, we brought up the idea again, and again the husbands didn't look too excited (wait, I take that back. HER husband was totally excited, but this is the same man that picks purses out for her and she really loves them....i need her husband to give tips to mine.) But I digressed.
Anyway, this past week my kids were fighting about the iPhone App coasters (click here for that post). They were "dibs-ing" the one they wanted. In order to keep the peace, I came up with a little game that they all loved and they beg to do it every night now. (What have I done?)
I turn all the coasters upside down and they choose one. Each app icon represents a question I'm going to ask them about their day and it's exciting to hear what they have to say. So here are my questions to each app....I'll start from the top left icon and move across.
(under the glass) Message Icon: If you could text message Mommy or Daddy during school today, what would you have said?
Camera Icon: Think of your whole day and try to remember something you would have loved to take a picture of. Describe it to us.
Picture Icon (flower): Can you remember a time that a picture was taken of you? Describe the time/place/event and what you can remember about it.
Facebook Icon: Think of someone you haven't talked to in a long time or haven't seen and tell us who it is and why you'd want to talk to them.
Words with Friends Icon: Tell me about a conversation you've had with your friends today.
Date Icon: If you were to write in your journal about today, what would you say?
Scriptures Icon: Tell us your favorite scripture story.
Phone Icon: We did a fake phone conversation. I pretend to call them and they can make up who they are and we have a short conversation.
Weather Icon: They got to name a few places in the world and we looked up the weather in those areas.
Map Icon: I told them that we look at a map to make decisions and plan where we're going. What decisions good or bad did you make today and what direction did that decision send you.
iPod Icon: Sing us a song you like or tell us about a song you like or let us guess the song if you give us hints.
Email Icon: Anything can be done in email. This was kind of like a free space that they could choose what they wanted to do.
We've had some really good family conversations. I've heard things that I would never have known if we didn't play this. One rule I have for myself is that I can't get mad at their answers. I'm hoping to foster so good communication at dinner. I have plenty of time to get mad at them when they don't clear the table or do the dishes.
So here's to making your family bonds better over dinner.
Friday, November 19, 2010
So I've decided to share it sans pictures. I want you to have it pre-Turkey Day. It's the dish that I'm asked to bring every year for the past eight or so years. It's that good! It's a conglomeration of several recipes that I've tried over time.
Sweet Potato Casserole
4 cups cooked sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
(or 2, 29 oz cans drained of syrup)
1 cup white sugar
4 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup butter, melted
1 c evaporated milk
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup flaked coconut
1 1/2 cup crushed cornflake cereal
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecan
3/4 cup butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease 9/13 casserole dish.
- In a large bowl, using a mixer, mash the sweet potatoes and mix in the sugar, beaten eggs, 3/4 cup melted butter, evaporated milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, marshmallows and coconut. Scoop the mixture into prepared casserole dish.
- Bake 35 minutes or until sweet potatoes are slightly firm (like a cheesecake.)
- In a small bowl, mix all topping ingredients. Spread over top of baked casserole.
- Return casserole to oven and bake additional 10 minutes.
Also, because of nut allergies, I usually omit the pecans from the topping. I don't need a bunch of puffy-tongued family members trying to enjoy their turkey! Tastes great with just the cornflakes as well!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I do. I'm blessed to have many friends like that.
I have 6 friends from college like that. I would love to live on a cul-de-sac with all of us. We could have our own reality-show I think! (You know 2 of them because they post here...and the other 4 are just as fun).
I'm also blessed to have friends like that in my life now! With my job, my three kids, my church responsibilities, I couldn't do it without them.
Why am I talking about this? Because I did today's "idea" with one of these friends....my dear friend Allison. She's one of those friends!!! And we have fun together...so this weekend we got together to make a present for her neighbor. It was her neighbors' 50 Wedding Anniversary. 50 Years!!! WOW!! So we decided to make a little wall hanging for her friends Floyd and Nancy. This is what we made:
This is how we made it:
We bought a frame, some etching paste (see picture), some hanger things (because we take off the back of the frame). We also needed some hot glue and we had cut-outs in vinyl.
We had the 50 cut out backwards so we could apply the etching to the back of the glass and put the vinyl on the front of the glass. In real life...it gives it a little bit of depth and makes it look cool.
So, apply the vinyl to the glass.
Then apply the etching cream LIBERALLY to the glass. Don't worry...it won't eat through the vinyl. But make sure its on there pretty thick and pretty uniform.
The instructions on the bottle says wait a minute, but that didn't seem to work too well, so we waited about 5 minutes...actually we were chatting, so we really don't know how long it sat there.
Then we rinsed it off and pulled off the vinyl. BE CAREFUL when pulling off the vinyl. Allison cut herself :(
Isn't it cute? Now to apply the name!
So, before replacing the glass into the frame, we added the little hangy thing (see blue arrow)...you will need a hammer for that. Then we placed the glass in the frame and took our glue gun and basically caulked it into the frame (see the yellow arrow).
One thing I've done before is place two of those hangy things in each corner and then run ribbon through and tie at the top so it can be a hanging frame. But we did it this way and it looked cute.
Happy Anniversary Floyd and Nancy!
And don't forget to take some time to hang out with friends, especially those one's you can't live without. And if you craft....post it on our facebook page. We'd love to see what you come up with!
Today I linked up to:
Sew Much Ado
The Thrifty Home
Blue Cricket Design
The Trendy Treehouse
Lucky Star Lane
Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom
Monday, November 15, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
There are apartment buildings nearby so I assume someone was moving out of an apartment and decided to abandon it there. I hopped out of the car to examine it while my son sat strapped in his car seat yelling, “Mom, what are you doing?” I think my sudden stop and jumping out of the car with out saying a word may have concerned him. I jumped back in the car, flew home and told my husband to get in his truck and go rescue it! He promptly obeyed. Good man, that guy! Once it got to my house and I had more time to examine it I was pleased. It’s a wood dresser. Kind of narrow. Perfect for my living room! I had been searching thrift store after thrift store for the perfect piece to put against a bare wall. Who woulda thunk I’d find it in the trash?! I like to think of it as divine intervention.
It had obviously come from a home where housekeeping was not a priority. At all. So it needed a little bit of cleaning. There had been food left on the top and there were some pen marks on it so I decided to use this:
It took off any goo and primed it for painting. Although the top had a thicker coat of varnish on it so I roughed that up a bit with my orbital sander with a 150 grit.
I had lots of Behr Cafe Creme paint left from this project so I decided to use it. And I needed something light in my living room of dark leather furniture.
It was missing some of it’s knobs so those obviously needed replacing.
Did a little distressing with some sanding and stain wiping. I thought walnut stain would be too dark so I used a tint called "Early American."
Polished it up with some Minwax Paste Wax.
And here’s the pathetic little orphan that I rescued!! Isn’t she pretty??
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
But in my delusional mind, I have an audience who awaits my projects from week to week. I think that's the same world where I'm skinny, don't have any gray hairs and my kids are easy to get ready in the morning. Alternate universe or not, I decided I needed to go with Plan C which is find something on my desk at work and make it into a great idea. My eyes fell upon my little cup full of binder clips. And this is what I came up with.
You know all that "scrap paper" that you mean to use? Well, here's a way you can make little notebooks for your kids or your purse (or man bag). Just clip the clips as a binding and take off the metal handles. Wallah! (sp?) Just make sure you save the metal handles to reattach the clips or to refill your note pad.
In fact, I might challenge him to see if he can reproduce this!!